Meatpacking District

Meatpacking District

Mathias Mølgaard
Mathias Mølgaard
December 3, 2023

Welcome! If you're hungry for something more than just sightseeing, you'll adore our deep dive into one of Copenhagen's incredibly unique districts. You know, the kind that's dripping with history and oozing charm! Today, we're sinking our teeth into the colourful Meatpacking District. It's time to explore the district’s textured past, current allure and why we have to refer to it as the ‘Meatpacking District’. Welcome to Copenhagen’s most carnivorous corner!

What is the story behind Meatpacking District?

The urban playground we know as Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District, 'Kødbyen' in Danish, wasn’t always a hotspot of eclectic eateries, art galleries and buzzing bars. The story begins back in the late 19th Century when the Meatpacking District was—well—truly a meatpacking district! Established in 1879 to provide sanitary and centralised facilities for local butchers, it was where farmers met butchers, and fresh meat was distributed across Copenhagen.

Why do they call it the Meatpacking District?

The Copenhagen Meatpacking District might share its name with its New York counterpart, but it's not a simple copy-paste story. After all, it was working dutifully as a meat epicentre much before its American sibling rose to fame. The name ‘Meatpacking District’ is a straight-forward descriptor of its original function, as this was where the magic (or should we say, butchery!) happened. The butchers packed their butcher blocks away in 2005, but the name stuck, perhaps due to its quirky character and interesting past.

What does 'Kødbyen' mean?

'Kødbyen' directly translates to 'Meat City' from Danish. Sounds a little less chic, doesn't it? Yet, its connotations remain as fascinating as the district itself. Consider it a testament to the district's historical functions and its role in shaping Copenhagen's gastronomical landscape—courtesy of the farmers and butchers who once dominated Kødbyen.

What is the brown Meatpacking District?

No, we aren't talking about a well-cooked steak here! ‘Brown’ refers to one of the three areas of the Meatpacking District, each having a distinctive colour. The white sector, or 'Den Hvide Kødby', features classical architectural designs, pristine walls and an aura of old-world elegance. The brown sector or ‘Brown Kødby’, stands out due to its quintessential brown-coloured buildings and industrial charm. If you made your guess, the third, ‘Grey Kødby’, boasts modern urban structures that complete this architectural colour palette.

Is Meatpacking District worth visiting?

Short answer: yes! The Meatpacking District is a melting pot of artistic energy, culinary mastery, and Danish history. It's a must-visit for those seeking a unique journey through the ages. From monumental buildings that once served as slaughterhouses to now being home for creative spaces, the Meatpacking District is a testament to Copenhagen's capacity for reinvention. The district has managed to preserve its heritage while evolving into one of Copenhagen’s trendiest areas. So whether you're a history buff, a foodie or a culture enthusiast, the district offers an offbeat and enriching experience.

Simply put, the Meatpacking District is a living, breathing museum that offers a peek into Copenhagen’s industrious past, a gourmet food scene, and a vibrant nightlife all wrapped into one experience. Indeed, it is one of Copenhagen's Top Sights and a Must See in Copenhagen.

We've got so much to share about the transformation of Copenhagen's Meatpacking District, but why just read about it? Bring your StoryHunt app and walk the cobbled streets yourself. Discover the district's past while soaking in its lively present. Connect with the buildings, streets, and the atmosphere—remember, you are walking through history!

Tantalising Tidbit

Did you know that you can still find butchers in operation within the district? Yes! Amidst the galleries and nightclubs, the butcher Slagter Lund still operates, carrying forward the district's meat industry legacy.

Explore More with StoryHunt

Now that we've whetted your appetite for Copenhagen's history, why not explore more of the city's stories? With the StoryHunt app, you can roam around Copenhagen and let history unfold before you. Take a jaunt to Tivoli Gardens, stroll in the King's Garden, and make sure not to miss Rosenborg Castle. Sit back, or rather, roam the city, and let us guide you through the heart of Danish history and culture.

Opening hours and directions

Openings hours for (updated today)
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Address: - directions
Website: official site

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